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Congress accuses Gujarat government of pushing state into violence

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New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of pushing the state into “mindless” violence and arson. “Entire Gujarat has sunk into lawlessness,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here. “The army has been called in four towns. Eight innocent people have died and over 1,000 are injured. “Hundreds have been arrested without warrant. Police not only did brutal lathicharge without provocation but fired on innocents leading to multiple deaths,” he said.

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“We condemn this violence in the strongest possible words and appeal to people of Gujarat to maintain peace and harmony,” he said. Surjewala said the Congress wants to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel “whether this is the real truth of Gujarat model where unemployment, hunger, regionalism, rule the roost on a bed of violence? “The army was called in, in Surat, Rajkot and Mehsana cities on Thursday after violence erupted following an agitation by the Patel community demanding OBC status and reservation. A statewide shutdown was observed in Gujarat on Wednesday, a day after a Patidar mega-rally was held here demanding reservations in education and jobs.

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)